Board of Directors
Mr. Jinnan (Marco) Lai, is our founder, Chief Executive Officer and director. Mr. Lai has served as a director and the Chief Executive Officer of LIZHI BVI since December 2010 and our director and Chief Executive Officer since January 2019. Before founding LIZHI, Mr. Lai was a successful serial entrepreneur in China’s internet industry. He worked as the chief executive officer for Shanghai Labox Information Technology Limited from 2007 to 2010, and also founded Guangzhou Mowang Information Technology Co., Ltd. and served as its president from 2003 to 2007. Before starting his business career, Mr. Lai was a radio host.
Ms. Juan Ren is our Vice President and director. Ms. Ren has served as our Vice President since May 2015 and our director since January 2020. Ms. Ren has been the vice president of Guangzhou LIZHI since 2011. Previously, Ms. Ren served as a financial manager for a branch of Shenzhen B&K New Energy Co., Ltd. from 2007 to 2011. Ms. Ren graduated from Hubei Polytechnic University.
Mr. Yipeng Li has served as our independent director since January 2020. Mr. Li has served as the chief financial officer and a director of Cloopen Group Holding Limited (NYSE: RAAS) since May 2020 and February 2021, respectively. Prior to that, Mr. Li served as the chief financial officer of Sunlands Technology Group (NYSE: STG) from September 2017 to April 2020. Mr. Li served as the chief financial officer of Alibaba Health Information Technology Limited (HKEx: 241), a subsidiary of Alibaba Group, from September 2015 to September 2017. Prior to that, he was the chief financial officer at Jiuxian.com, a leading online platform for alcohol offerings from March 2015 to August 2015. From June 2010 to February 2015, Mr. Li served as the vice president of iQIYI, Inc. (Nasdaq: IQ), in charge of its financial and legal department. Mr. Li received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Simon Fraser University in 2002. Mr. Li is a member of Chinese Institution of Certified Public Accountants.
Mr. Ming Zhang has served as our independent director since July 2020. Mr. Zhang has nearly 20 years of experiences in Internet technology industry. He founded Great Wall Club Inc. in 2008 and has been serving as the Chairman of its Board of Directors. He is also a prominent cross-border angel investor and the founder of GASA University.
Mr. Xiang Wang has served as our independent director since July 2020. Mr. Wang is a senior consultant for Xiaomi Corporation, holding that position since December 30, 2022. Prior to that, he served as Xiaomi Corporation's President from 2019 to the end of 2022 and as its Senior Vice President from 2015 to 2019. Mr. Wang has over 20 years of experience in the semiconductor and communications industry. Before joining Xiaomi Corporation, he was the Senior Vice President and President of Qualcomm Greater China. Mr. Wang graduated from the Beijing University of Technology with a bachelor's degree in electronic engineering.
Professor Yike Guo has served as our independent director since September 2020. Professor Guo has over 30 years of experience in data science and machine learning and has been developing innovative technology within the industry since the mid-1990s. Professor Guo has served as the Provost of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology since December 2022. Prior to that, he served as Vice-President (Research and Development) of the Hong Kong Baptist University since January 2020, as a Professor of Computing Science in the Department of Computing at Imperial College London since 2002, as the founding Director of the Data Science Institute at Imperial College since 2014, and as an Adjunct Professor at Imperial College Business School since 2016. Professor Guo is also a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), the Academia Europaea (MAE), the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences (FHKEng), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (FIEEE), the British Computer Society (FBCS), and the Society for Chinese Intelligence (FCAAI). Professor Guo received a first-class honors degree in Computing Science from Tsinghua University and a Ph.D. in Computational Logic from Imperial College.